Table of Abraham
Our evening began with delightful conversation as we gathered together to enjoy a very delicious Turkish meal. Following dinner, we explored "The Importance of Prayer Across the Three Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)". Each tradition’s history, values and methodology regarding prayer was taught and/or expained by three very learned men representing their faiths.
Our first speaker for the evening was Rabbi Jonathan Miller who represented the Jewish faith. He explained how through prayer one is reminded of God's presence and one's relationship with God. Prayers are performed constantly throughout the day, three times a day every weekday and additional times on shabbat and festivals.
The Christian tradition's view was explained by Pastor Ed Hurley. Pastor Hurley explained how Jesus, being God in human form, came to Earth, and died on the cross. The cross is not a symbol but the foundation of what Christians believe. Jesus taught his desciples and his followers the importance of prayer. Why and how we should pray. He calls us to pray so that we can be changed and our hearts may become more aligned with His.
Our last speaker for the evening was Imam Nadal Gabi. To the Muslim believer, the purpose of prayer is to strengthen your relationship with God; to show gratefulness for all His blessings; and to remind us of His greatness. Prayer satisfies our spiritual need to be in constant contact with our Creator, and gives the soul peace and contentment.
All three of these faiths have a foundation built on prayer. Prayer is a means of communication to the God we all serve. The evening ended warm Turkish tea, listening to Turkish music as we enjoyed fellowship with each other.